7 Tips for Making Your First Grocery Shopping Trip with a Toddler Easier

We all love our kids, but let’s face it. Grocery shopping with them isn’t always fun; especially if they’re the toddler age. It can be stressful to help keep them where they should be, you might accidentally spend more if they toss something in the cart that you didn’t see and we’re all aware of how not fun toddler meltdowns are. Luckily there are things that you can do to help make grocery shopping with a toddler easier. When my own daughter was a toddler, taking her grocery shopping with me was; to put it mildly; a chore. She has always been an active child and never more so than when she was little. I can remember the first time that I sat her in the carts kiddie seat and not in her infant carrier. She quickly figured out how to unsnap the little seat belt and before I knew it was trying to stand in the cart as it moved. Needless to say, that grocery shopping trip took me longer than it normally would have because I had to stop, sit her down and resnap the seat belt so many times.

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Another time, I turned from her to reach for something on the shelf. Thank goodness that I was standing right there since she managed to quickly stand in the basket. I turned to put the item in the cart just as she was beginning to fall. There there were the times when I would “drive” my buggy a little too close to the shelves and she would get ahold of an item; or three. I can tell you that there were plenty of embarrassing moments when I got to the cash register only to find new additions to my cart.

It has been a while since I have personally had to shop with an infant or toddler, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t remember how to make things work.  These tips are sure to help you keep your grocery trip from becoming a long, drawn out experience that stresses out both Mom and baby. Instead, you can make it a fun learning experience!

Ready for her tips? Here you go!

Exercise Patience –
Toddlers love to touch new things and because of this, a grocery store can seem like a playground. When you take your first shopping trip with a toddler, know that they will want to touch anything and everything. They’re learning what new things feel like, sound like and even taste like so they are naturally curious. Not only that, but large amounts of people, being told no too much and other external stimuli can all lead to toddler meltdowns. Decide ahead of time that you will exercise patience with your toddler and your whole trip will go much smoother.

Bring some small toys with you
When it comes to shopping with a toddler, bringing some toys along with you is a smart idea. Toddlers can hold onto a toy for a whole shopping trip, it just needs to be the right one. I always called this my “back of tricks.” If one toy didn’t work, I would pull another one out until I found the one that worked.

Don’t go during nap time
Another piece of advice that all moms should know is to not go grocery shopping during nap time. Babies and toddlers need their naps and if you’re skipping it in favor of going grocery shopping, you’re only going to end up with a very cranky baby and an even more cranky mom. Plan your trips around your baby’s naptime and things will be easier on your both.

Find something they love to do at the store
When I was a kid, my mom would let me ride on the mechanical horse. This was so much fun for me and a great bribing tool. I knew if I was good, I would be able to ride the horsey. I have done this with my child too. She always knew that once we were done shopping, she gets to ride on the small ride. She was usually well behaved in the store and it brought joy to her face which always makes me happy!

Don’t try to shop sales without prep
When you have a toddler to worry about, sometimes it’s all about getting in and getting out so having your shopping trip mapped out before you go is extremely helpful. When I know what I want, I don’t have to go up and down the aisles, trying to figure it out. Preparation is key when you’re trying to grocery shop period and it is never more important than when doing so with a child.

Use Pampers Cruisers for kids on the move
While grocery shopping, you don’t want your kid to have a blowout or a leak. For kids that love to move, Pampers Cruisers is one of your best options if your child still uses diapers. Pampers Cruisers are specially made for babies that love to wiggle and are always on the move. They move and bend with your baby and toddler to help keep them dry and comfortable. Emma was a wiggle worm who could wiggle out of anything , so it only made sense to use a diaper that will help her stay dry and comfortable.

Shop Sam’s Club – 

Sam’s Club has always been one of my favorite places to shop for a couple of reasons but the biggest one – aside from their prices – is that with Club Pickup and the new Sam’s Scan and Go app, I don’t even have to do the actual shopping! For parents who have little ones that are constantly on the go, this is a huge plus! Even better is that through October 31, 2017, parents who shop for Pampers Cruisers at Sam’s Club he purchase of two Pampers diapers or wipes items AND free shipping or Club Pickup! If that doesn’t help make your grocery shopping trip easier, I don’t know what will!

Do you have any other tips for grocery shopping with a toddler? I’d love to hear them!

 
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Stacy Ott-Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family.By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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